HONORS STUDENT GUNNED DOWN IN HIGH-SPEED ROAD RAGE SHOOTING

Road rage statistics from safemotorist.com:http://www.safemotorist.com/articles/road_rage.aspx

  • 66% of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving.
  • 37% of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm.
  • Males under the age of 19 are the most likely to exhibit road rage.
  • Half of drivers who are on the receiving end of an aggressive behavior, such as horn honking, a rude gesture, or tailgating admit to responding with aggressive behavior themselves.
  • Over a seven year period, 218 murders and 12,610 injuries were attributed to road rage.

One scary statistic worth noting is:

  • 2% of drivers admit to trying to run an aggressor off the road!

Article from New York Post

A crazed driver shot and killed a teen honor student who aspired to one day work for the FBI during a road rage incident in Pennsylvania this week, according to reports.

Bianca Nikol Roberson, 18, had just left a local mall — where she was shopping for college clothes with her mother and grandmother Wednesday — when she and a man driving a red pickup tried to merge into the same lane on a highway in West Chester, ABC 6 reported.

“And a man in the red pickup truck pulled out a gun and shot her in the head, killing her,” Chester County DA Tom Hogan told the station.

Roberson’s car veered off the southbound lanes of Route 100 in West Goshen Township and crashed, according to the report.

Highway cameras reveal that Roberson and the driver of the truck, possibly a Chevrolet, got into an altercation just before the incident. An image released by the West Goshen Township Police Department shows the suspect’s vehicle — and the victim’s — on the lower left side of the frame.

“They were jostling for a position or whatever,” West Goshen Police Chief Joe Gleason told ABC 6. “And unfortunately this gentleman took it to a degree that was just unconscionable.”

After shooting Roberson, the driver fled on Route 202 before exiting onto Paoli Pike. Cops say he is blond, between 30 and 40 years old and has a medium build.

Roberson’s grandmother was sitting in the backed-up traffic after the crash, and thought, “I hope it’s not Bianca,” the station reported.

Roberson was a recent graduate of Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester, where she was on the honor roll. She planned to attend Jacksonville University in Florida in the fall — and hoped to someday solve cases for the FBI.

“If you don’t even think it was your fault, and have a conscience, come forward and give us some closure and explain in your own words what happened,” her father, Rodney Roberson, told the station.

 

He thought a book would stop a bullet and make him a YouTube star. Now he’s dead.

Article from Washington Post

What is it about fame and recognition that can cause you to put your life at risk?

Why has people’s approval become so vital in our lives?Some people live for their “likes” in instagram,facebook,youtube and other social media platforms ?

Why has success been recently measured by fame?A true story of a tragedy about a young man who inadvertently plans his death. 

Before Monday, before the 911 call and police investigation, Pedro Ruiz III, an aspiring YouTube star in rural Minnesota, spent considerable time persuading his girlfriend to shoot a gun at his chest.

There would be a thick encyclopedia book between the barrel and his body, authorities say he told 19-year-old Monalisa Perez. The pages, he reasoned, would stop the bullet.

He even had evidence that it had worked once before — a different book with an entrance hole but no exit.

So on Monday evening, the young couple positioned two cameras outside their home and prepared for their breakthrough stunt. They wanted fame, family said, and danger often brings it.

“Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever,” Perez teased in a tweet at 5 p.m. “HIS idea not MINE.”

Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever😳😳 HIS idea not MINE🙈

It had been three months since the young couple added their vlog, La MonaLisa, to YouTube, where they posted clips of their daily lives and their 3-year-old daughter. They live in Halstad, Minn., a tiny town on the North Dakota border between Grand Forks and Fargo. Episodes featured shots from their home, the car or at the doctor’s office, which is where Perez revealed in May that she was pregnant with a boy.

Their shtick, though, was pulling minor pranks: doughnuts with baby powder instead of powdered sugar, feigning paralysis from a grocery store wheelchair, hiding hot peppers on an egg salad sandwich. Just this week, Perez posted a video of Ruiz doing a handstand inside a rotating fun house tunnel at the county fair.

But the bullet and book stunt was supposed to be their moment.

“I said, ‘Don’t do it, don’t do it,’ ” Ruiz’s aunt, Claudia Ruiz, told her nephew when he shared his idea, according to Valley News Live. “Why are you going to use a gun? Why?”

His response, she said, was simple: “Because, we want more viewers.”

With one camera attached to a ladder and the other propped on the back of a car, the couple staged their stunt, according to authorities. Ruiz held the book to his chest and Perez held the gun, a gold Desert Eagle .50 caliber pistol considered “one of the most powerful semiautomatic handguns in the world.”

From a foot away, court documents say, Perez fired.

This time, the bullet didn’t stop in the book but instead pierced Ruiz in the chest. Medics tried to revive him, authorities said, but he was declared dead at the house.

 

Neighbors told ABC affiliate WDAY-TV that they watched the scene unfold from afar.

“Everyone was crying,” neighbor Wayne Cameron told the TV station. “I was standing behind that tree over there. And that was it. I just couldn’t take it anymore so I had to go back home.”

When Perez called 911 at 6:30 p.m., she told dispatchers the shooting was accidental and explained the YouTube plan. Later, according to court documents, she said that her boyfriend had been trying to persuade her to shoot the book “for awhile” and she finally relented. She told them about the other book Ruiz had shot, the one that blocked the bullet, and described the gun she fired.

A sheriff’s deputy found it in the grass outside the home.

Perez was arrested Monday on a charge of reckless discharge of a gun. On Wednesday, that charge was upgraded to second-degree manslaughter. She was released on $7,000 bail after her initial court appearance and ordered to wear a GPS monitor and stay away from firearms, reported KVRR TV. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years behind bars.

“They were in love. They loved each other,” Ruiz’s aunt, Claudia Ruiz, toldValley News Live. “It was just a prank gone wrong. It shouldn’t have happened like this. It shouldn’t have happened at all.”

Claudia Ruiz described Perez as a loving girlfriend and mother who had been with her nephew for six years. According to Perez’s social media accounts, the young woman was a stay-at-home mom. It appears she controlled the camera for many of their YouTube vlogs and often shared intimate, personal details with viewers.

“Our Vlogs will show you the real life of a young couple who happen to be teen parents,” the description on their channel reads. “From highs to lows. Achievements to struggles. Join the fun, Follow our journey!”

In a Facebook post last week that included the vlog post from their trip to the fair, Perez wrote that they were in the process of making Ruiz his own YouTube channel. His would focus on “all the crazy stuff,” she wrote. La MonaLisa would be about their “family life.”

“Oh man is it going to be sweet!” she wrote.

Ruiz had discussed the book stunt before the shooting, family members told KVRR. Along with Perez and friends, they had tried to talk him out of it.

“I wish they wouldn’t have done it,” Claudia Ruiz told WDAY-TV. “I wish he would’ve just done another prank. He was so young. He had so much going for himself.”

Another aunt, Lisa Primeau, said she “pretty much raised” Pedro Ruiz after his mother died in Texas when he was a child, reported the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Ruiz was always “putting a dangerous twist on everything he did,” Primeau told the newspaper, like jumping off the top of the house into the swimming pool.

“We called him our little daredevil,” Primeau told the Star Tribune.

The aunts said they all are supporting Perez. They want to name her unborn baby Pedro, after his father.

“It’s a tragic incident. What she did … she has to live with that,” Primeau told the Star Tribune. “It’s the worst punishment she can get.”

 

 

Love…

Love is like a fire in my chest, it spreads wildly and free, terrifying love is, for I feel afraid. Afraid of my own heart, every beat sinks me, the rush of blood turns me red, my eyes cannot look away, something merely natural but powerful. Thousands, if not millions of souls walk by and my gaze is attracted to one.  Destroys and it creates, so why does my heart take the chance? Love? A curse but yet a blessing, it distracts me from life, from people, from everything, one soul causes chaos, one soul who I may feel comfortable around. The feeling is beyond reason, explanation, it cannot be defined, only felt. Not even words can express this reaction, for it is too powerful. The heart speaks in its own language, in a beautiful and intimidating tone. Why do I feel this way? Why are people so easy to fall for? Why are specific souls attracted to me and why do I float towards them?

Feeling love is like wondering through a forest, the sight so majestic, gorgeous but yet I feel lost. It is natural, it creates intimacy, becoming one with nature, feeling love for another life, another soul. Driving me insane, at the same time bringing me harmony, killing and yet healing me. Beautiful nature is, and this soul is as natural as I am, there maybe flaws, mistakes, stress, but my heart goes beyond that, it looks deeper within, in search of beauty that this soul may not see in itself. Love opens up a path, a path that two may take. If the bond is strong, the path will never end, two in loved souls will never reach a destination. My heart searches to heal, to love and though not many can return the favor, my heart will beat endlessly and find another to whom it can share this feeling with.

Why Is the Heart Symbol so Anatomically Incorrect

The heart is a rather unsightly organ. A twisted, bulbous mass of ventricles, veins, and muscle, it inspires neither romance nor lust. Yet in a grossly simplified form, it has become the reigning metaphor of our love.

We’re talking, of course, about the anatomically incorrect heart () — a symbol at once cherished by teenage texters and detested by crusaders of medical accuracy.

The symbol is ubiquitous in our modern world. It dangles from necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. It shows its face in an endless sea of Valentine’s Day cards. It’s emblazoned on t-shirts, graffitied on walls, and is offered, in an endless array of colors, across all mediums of technology.

How did this weird-looking, medically-inaccurate symbol become the go-to representation of the human heart — and moreover, an expression of our love and desire?

More specifically, how did this:

…become this?:

Origins of the “Heart” Shape

Historians have found relics resembling the modern heart symbol that date as far back as 3000 BC. But these early instances — etched into Grecian, Minoan, Cretian, Mycean, and Roman pottery — were actually representations of ivy or fig leaves, and had no connection with the human heart, or the idea of love.

In ancient Greece, for instance, the symbol was often used to portray a vine leaf, which harkened to Dionysus, the god of wine. Wreaths featuring these symbols were commonly worn by priests during festivals and feasts:

Gold ivy wreath featuring symbols resembling the modern heart symbol, found in Chalkidike, Macedonia, Greece (c. 350 BC)

Completely independent of the Greeks, this symbol was used elsewhere in the world, also to signify leaves of some sort. In Etruscan art (4th century BC Italy), these ivy leaves symbolized procreation, fidelity, and rebirth, and were often presented to brides and grooms during wedding ceremonies. In the 2nd century BC, Buddhists began inscribing the symbol as a way of depicting the fig leaf, which, to them, represented enlightenment.

During the 2nd century in the city of Cyrene, the symbol illustrated silphium, a plant used in ancient times as a crude form of birth control. The trade of this plant was so incredibly lucrative in Cyrene that the symbol for its seeds was printed on currency:

Coins from ancient Cyrene, depicting silphium seeds

But despite bearing great semblance to what we now recognize as the “heart symbol,” these depictions had nothing to do with human anatomy. Historians are uncertain as to exactly when these representations of leaves became interlinked with the human heart — but the answer likely lies in a lack of anatomical understanding at the time.

Some of the earliest human anatomy studies were conducted by Galen of Pergamon, a Greek physician who tended to the grave injuries of gladiators, and was able to examine human organs without performing dissections. From these studies, he composed some 22 volumes of medical text, which included an account of the heart as looking akin to a pine cone, or an inverted leaf — similar to the representation of ivy in ancient Greece.

Between antiquity and the middle ages, a tremendous body of medical knowledge was lost, in part due to the Roman Catholic Church’s discouragement of scientific advances in anatomy (religious powers outlawed autopsies). As a result, scholars, artists, and doctors had to rely on ancient, humor-based anatomical descriptions. Galen’s writings — including his description of the heart — were generally accepted, and they served as “the foundation of authority for all medical writers and physicians” for nearly 1,300 years.

The Rise of the Heart Symbol

Beginning in the mid-13th century, the symbol began popping up in artwork — this time, representing not ivy leaves, but the human heart, and moreover, love.

The first known instance of this appears in “Le roman de la poire” (“Romance of the pear”), a French love tale dating back to 1250, in which a man and his lover peel a pear together with their teeth. As was common in such books, the first letter of each chapter was often ornately decorated; in one of these letters, an “S,” a man is depicted handing his heart (a symbol of his love) to his damsel. Note the likeliness to the modern heart emblem:

The French text “Roman de la poire” (c. 1250) pictures a kneeling man handing his heart to a love interest — the first instance of the heart symbol signifying love in a metaphorical context

In his famous Scrovegni Chapel masterwork, Italian painter Giotto included an allegorical portrait of Charity handing her heart to Christ — again, represented as a pine-cone shaped, indented form similar to the modern heart symbol. Revered by other artists of the era, this painting influenced a number of other works throughout the 1300s and 1400s, all of which portrayed the human heart in a similar form, and enlisted it as a symbol of love.

Despite considerable advances in anatomy throughout the 16th and 17th centuries (including da Vinci’s highly accurate drawings of the human heart), the symbol exploded in popularity.

Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomically accurate heart drawings (c.1507) had little effect on eradicating the symbol in artwork

Whereas previous depictions were usually upside-down, from the 1500s onward, the heart symbol assumed its upright stance (point facing downward), and became an ubiquitous presence in paintings, books, and heraldry. Here are a few examples we dug up:

An image from the French text “Petit Livre d’Amour” (c. 1500), showing a man “depositing his heart in a marguerite flower,” which symbolizes his mistress

A shield representing the five wounds of Jesus during his crucifixion (c.1530s); note how all human body parts are represented accurately, except the heart

Saint Augustine holding a burning heart (Philippe de Champaigne, c.1650)

Another perpetuator of the anatomically incorrect heart symbol was the advent and rise of playing cards. The first suit, developed in Mamluk Egypt in the 1370s, was made up of cups, coins, swords, and polo-sticks; by 1450, the Swiss-Germans had changed this to shields, roses, acorns, and bells. It wasn’t until the early 1500s that the French coined the modern-day suit: trèfles (clubs, ♣), carreaux (diamonds, ♦), piques (spades, ♠), and cœurs (hearts, ♥).

Playing cards became immensely popular, and with them, the heart symbol became an irrevocable mainstay.

A French card set (c.1550s)

But the most lasting application of the heart symbol came from the Roman Catholic Church.

On December 27, 1673, Margaret Mary Alacoque, a nun from the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, claimed to encounter Jesus Christ. In this encounter, Christ supposedly told her “to rest her head upon his heart” and inform the world of his eternal love. This tale eventually resulted in the devotion of the “Sacred Heart,” or the belief that Jesus Christ’s physical heart is the representation of his divine love for humanity.

Many subsequent depictions of Christ showed him possessing “a flaming heart shining with divine light” — most often with his wounded hands pointing at the heart. It became not only an enduring image of Christ, but of the heart symbol — and it secured the symbol’s permanence long after anatomy studies proved it to be grossly inaccurate.

We ♥ Symbols

By the 19th century, () had long been established as the go-to representation of the human heart, as well as the reigning symbol of love.

In 1977, New York City ran its “I ♥ NY” advertising campaign, marking the first instance of the symbol being used as a logograph for the verb “to love.” Thereafter, it became not only a representation of love, but a direct replacement for the word: “I ♥ [X]” morphed into the de facto way that people expressed their feelings for one another in Valentine’s Day cards, love letters, and (later down the line) text messages.

Interestingly, after being enlisted as a emoticon for “remaining lives” in the video game The Legend of Zelda (1986), the heart symbol also came to denote health. Dozens of video games copied Zelda, but moreover, health-food companies, and even the American Heart Association, enlisted the symbol as an ideogram for well-being throughout the 1990s.

Today, the symbol is everywhere: We scrawl it on notepads and secretly pass it in middle school classrooms. We text it with reckless abandon. We wear it on shirts, print it on cards, and stick it to the bumpers of our cars.

This once-earnest attempt at drawing an accurate heart has long-since been proven anatomically incorrect. We know now that the heart is a complex mass that is neither cute nor emanates feelings of love — but nonetheless, “♥” has become a fixture in our lives.

Heart to Heart Rita Dove, 1952

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/heart-heart

It’s neither red
nor sweet.
It doesn’t melt
or turn over,
break or harden,
so it can’t feel
pain,
yearning,
regret.

It doesn’t have
a tip to spin on,
it isn’t even
shapely—
just a thick clutch
of muscle,
lopsided,
mute. Still,
I feel it inside
its cage sounding
a dull tattoo:
I want, I want—

but I can’t open it:
there’s no key.
I can’t wear it
on my sleeve,
or tell you from
the bottom of it
how I feel. Here,
it’s all yours, now—
but you’ll have
to take me,
too.

 

My take on this poem:

The heart isn’t actually red or sweet or “heart shaped”.It is just a muscle that pumps blood. It doesn’t actually feel emotions.It doesn’t physically melt or harden or soften because of the way I feel.It can’t voice its opinions, but I still feel as though my heart is bursting with things I want.I can’t actually open it or lock it because there is no physical key. I can’t wear it on my sleeve or retrieve words that describe how I feel, because it doesn’t record how I feel. And even though there is no logical explanation for it, I want to give you my heart, but i cannot only give you my heart, “you’ll have to take me too.”

 

Aesthetic vs Calisthenics

What is the difference?

Body weight (Calisthenics) vs free weight (Aesthetic), If you are training for aesthetics, mass or to generally look good, you are a bodybuilder and you should train like one. Muscle mass is muscle mass. … Muscle mass and body fat percentage are basically the only things you can control about your physique’s appearance.

Aesthetic Bodies^

Calisthenics are exercises consisting of a variety of gross motor movements—running standing, grasping, pushing, etc.—often performed rhythmically and generally without equipment or apparatus. They are, in essence, body-weight training. They are intended to increase body strength, body fitness, and flexibility, through movements such as pulling or pushing oneself up, bending, jumping, or swinging, using only one’s body weight for resistance; usually conducted in concert with stretches.

Calisthenic Bodies^

 

 

Top 10 Best-Selling Games In The US During May 2017

May 2017 Top 10 Games (All Platforms)

  1. Injustice 2
  2. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  5. Prey*
  6. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  7. Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadow of Valentia
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. MLB 17: The Show
  10. Overwatch

May 2017 Top 10 PS4 Games

  1. Injustice 2
  2. MLB 17: The Show
  3. Prey
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  6. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  7. Farpoint (PSVR)
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. Overwatch
  10. Nier: Automata

May 2017 Top 10 Xbox One Games

  1. Injustice 2
  2. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  3. Prey
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Overwatch
  6. Forza Horizon 3
  7. NBA 2K17
  8. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  9. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  10. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege

Top 10 Selling Games of 2017

  1. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. For Honor
  3. Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  4. Horizon: Zero Dawn
  5. Grand Theft Auto V
  6. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  7. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. Injustice 2
  10. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Today, the NPD Group released monthly sales figures for video games in the US along with vital information on the state of the industry. For the month of May, the Warner Bros. Interactive fighter based on DC Comics all-stars Injustice 2 took the top spot. The previous month’s top seller, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, took second place while the four-year-old Grand Theft Auto V took third.

American Gods on Starz:Must See!

It is safe to say that American God’s Neil Gailman is decently portrayed on Starz Show with the same name.When I first watched the show, I felt as if I was having the book being read to me.The special effects and the stellar cast made up of Gillian Anderson, Crispin Glover, Ian McShane, Kristin Chenoweth, Orlando Jones, Peter Stormare definitely helps the cause.

American Gods is about the faith the first American settlers brought from their lands such as Eastern Europe Mythology and the difference between the things we worship now such as the phone, the internet and such.The older Gods battle with the Present Gods for control .Who do you think will win? Who wins in real life?Has our fixation for technology and media become our Gods?I Recommend that you read the book and follow up with the exciting series!

Can’t Wait for Season Two!

 

Some Of Us Are So Tired of Political Controversies

Things have gotten too political lately.The latest stunt has been William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar with a Trump-Like figure.The actors have been getting death threats.It has been 5 months since Mr.Trump has taken office and some of us are still mystified as to how he got elected in the first place. Actors that have spoken for or against the president are either praised or hated for it. Kathy Griffin portrayed  a beheaded Trump and anyone associated with her has had to pull out endorsements or has had to speak against her.Where is the fine line between respectfully criticizing this nation’s president and disrespecting the same?

“We just got slammed,” the executive and artistic director of Shakespeare Dallas Raphael Parry told the Globe. “It’s pretty amazing the vitriol, the wishing we would die and our family would die. A whole lot of them say that we should burn in hell.” A pair of protesters interrupted Friday’s performance and were heard shouting “Stop the normalization of political violence against the right!” and “you are inciting terrorists.”

It is healthy to talk about and express an obvious anxiety that we as a nation are feeling.It is healthy to speak out against what of what is unjust and defend the defenseless. However, ridiculing a nation’s leader is distasteful and not helpful.Let us celebrate our similarities and respectfully speak out against what we might find to be injustice without adding fuel to the fire.

Quote excerpted from http://time.com/4823353/shakespeare-threats-julius-ceasar/ 

Be happy for what you already have

Perhaps we underestimate the power of loyalty and reliability and we trade it for excitement , extravagance and adventure. Maybe what you do everyday isn’t always exciting, but always be happy for what you already have. If you have at least one person that you can go to everyday, treasure that. In loneliness we learn that while it is perfectly okay to depend on ourselves, it is impossible to measure the power of love. The love we receive should then be distributed amongst ourselves.If you love yourself, then you are loved !It is not only from pain that you learn, although there is much to be learned from pain. There is so much more to be learned from love.

Whatever philosophy you might follow in life, remember that it must not hurt others or be self harming. It must make you do only good things, it should preach love .